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What's your woods bumming gun

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by pa knifeguy, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. pa knifeguy

    pa knifeguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    What's your favorite gun to pack when you're camping, hiking or just hanging out in the woods?
    I usually pack a 357 Blackhawk or Gsg 1911 in .22
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  2. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Tough one. I've gone the Glock. 40 route, snubbie Ruger SP101 .357, and .22 Ruger Mark 1 7 inch target barrel. I have a 6.5 inch S&W .357 in stainless but don't woods bum with that gun, because it is my grandpa's gun I inherited.

    I've even carried an AMT .30 carbine on a few camping/outdoor adventuers.
  3. Plainsman


    Apr 5, 1999
    Depends upon what I may want to use it for!
    RugerGP100 in .357 would be my main sidearm.
    If Im just bumming and not hunting anything specific, the longgun is usually a bolt action Marlin rimfire, 780 in .22LR or XT-22M in .22WMR.
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  4. Shappy


    Oct 26, 2017
    7.5" Redhawk in 44 Mag!
  5. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Daniel Defense V4 with a Bushnell Elite 1x6
  6. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Plus one on the Marlin XT-22 in .22mag. Light, short, inexpensive and fun.

    Second is SKS.
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  7. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    We cannot carry guns here in Spain unless you are hunting (and I don't) which means it is either a shotgun or a rifle in the propper caliber. Plinking is out of the question and we don't any amount of dangerous predator that would justify carrying for self defense.

    I guess that the gun/s you carry are dicated by the purpose... and unless it is for small game hunting or plinking... I don't get how a .22 could be useful for self defense or hunting anything bigger. Care to elaborate? Legit question!

  8. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    You would be very surprised to find what can be killed with a well placed .22 round. Up to and including whitetail deer size animals.
    Lots of people killed every year with a .22. Accidentally and intentionally.-KV
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  9. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    Good to know! I have shot a few .22 guns at the range but never hunted with one. Do you guys have all year round open season for some critters so you haul your hunting guns in case you come across something that is worth it?

  10. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    image.jpeg This is an Aluminum S&W 22 that weighs 11oz and holds 8 shots. It has a laser grip. image.jpeg
  11. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Most game has hunting seasons so as not to interfere with mating and raising babies. Some nuisance animals have open season. I very rarely carry a hunting firearm unless hunting or just target shooting.
    I usually carry a pistol of some sort when just hiking in the woods. A couple of run ins with rabid raccoons made me realize this is a good idea.--KV
  12. bore


    May 20, 2015
    Not allowed handguns here. My favorite for hiking camping is my browning lever in 308. No scope. Slim and easy to carry. Mainly for predators. My favorite hunting rifle is my CZ 12g over 308 w scope.
  13. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    Usually a long gun, either a short 870 or a Marlin .44 mag. GP100 for a sidearm.

    Marlin 1894S.jpg
  14. oof


    Jan 4, 2009
    I try to be as fair as I can.


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  15. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2013
    I’m not a hunter so it’s to protection from 2 & 4 legged predators or plinking/target.. My truck gun is a Charter Arms .38 SP revolver so that’s with use. One of my SKS Rifles 7.62 x 39. Remington 722 .22LR... S&W 66 .357 and or, Springfield 9mm Pistol.. it’s two to three by the time we make camp.
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  16. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    If you carry it with that much ammo in the backpack, then sir, hats off to you! You got to be much stronger than I am... :p.

    Good looking gun, I like it.
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  17. GutWrench


    Nov 4, 2005
    Depends on the time of year and location. If I’m in the woods in my AO I carry a shotgun. Mostly for the snakes.

    mid I head north I will bring my AR or lever action .44 just in case I see a pig or two. We don’t have big dangerous man eating animals here.
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  18. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    Here in the Carolinas the most dangerous creature I'm likely to encounter is hornets and yellow jackets, and dangerous people.


    Sometimes I swap barrels and shoot 357 Sig instead of .40S&W.
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  19. bore


    May 20, 2015
    22s are pretty versatile. But around here we have bears wolves and cougars. 22 would be not enough. I did get a 410 over 22 as a tree stand and hiking gun. 410 slug has some punch and the 22 for small game
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  20. LG&M


    Dec 19, 2005
    Kinda whatever I am feeling like. A good .22 is fun & useful. I like my Ruger single six & 22/45
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